Thanks to @Steelers players @ZBNFL, @ohthatsNajee22, @_BigBen7, recently-retired Vance McDonald, and everyone who came out over the weekend to make Convoy of Hope's first ever @NFL #DraftDay Community Event a success! Learn more about the event at https://t.co/ioy2P8TNIO. pic.twitter.com/zd88i9WhtY
— Convoy of Hope (@ConvoyofHope) May 5, 2021
“I’ve met a lot of different nonprofit organizations — a lot of different community workers — and Convoy of Hope really sticks out the most,” Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive tackle Zach Banner said.
Banner chose to spend his Saturday serving others at Convoy of Hope’s first-ever Draft Day Community Event, which took place at Heinz Field. This event was in partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bass Pro Shops, and Sackcloth & Ashes. First-round draft pick Najee Harris and recently-retired tight-end Vance McDonald also participated alongside Convoy of Hope. Ben Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley, who donated 1,000 hygiene kits for event distribution joined Harris and McDonald to help make this event a success.
You can read more about the event and the wonderful things that Convoy of Hope does right here.
When former Cincinnati Bengal Tank Johnson shows up to play golf, you remind him of the nightmares he had chasing the big homie @_BigBen7 around the field with no success. @steelers @SteelersPRBurt pic.twitter.com/BxGgLfb76i
— Brian (@CoopsGolf) May 3, 2021
From Colin Likas, The News-Gazette:
Kendrick Green was napping Sunday morning when a call came across his phone. From a Pittsburgh-area number.
Not a surprise, considering the now-former Illinois guard was drafted 87th overall Friday by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Who was delivering that phone call, however, still gave Green a bit of a jolt.
“I answer the phone and he’s like, ‘Hey, it’s Ben Roethlisberger,’ and I’m just talking it up to him,” Green said of the Steelers’ 17-year starting quarterback. “I told him, ‘As long as I can remember, you’ve been the quarterback for the Steelers.’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, way to make me feel old.'”
Green’s next goal is to earn a regular job protecting Roethlisberger.
“I plan on trying to take the job right away,” Green said. “I’m going to go in and compete. They’ve got some older guys that have been in the league for a little bit there at that position. Kind of surreal, to be honest, but I’m ready to do it.”
Which position is Green vying for, exactly?
“We’re going to start working on center,” Green said. “They liked the tape I put on at center when I did have to fill in for Doug (Kramer). But overall, I think what it was is just the fact that, regardless of what position I was playing, I’m trying to go out there playing hard, trying to finish guys and put people on their back.”
“It was pretty nerve-racking, to be honest, but obviously it ended up working out well,” Green said. “I just want to prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers that they made the right choice.”
You can read more here.
You can check out a recap of all the Steelers draft picks here.
“For him being willing to adjust his pay…is very much appreciated. I think it started a very positive off-season for us.”
Kevin Colbert said Ben Roethlisberger adjusting his salary and working with the team made it possible for other veterans to stay, and many others followed suit like Tyson Alualu, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Vince Williams to name a few.
— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) April 26, 2021
“I was in New York. I had my mom and dad with me, my sister was there and my agent. My college coach at the time and his wife were there. Everyone kind of had their speculations of ‘what number’ and what team. The teams we thought were going to take me didn’t, but it ended up working out perfectly for me.” — Ben, from the video, “Recalling Draft Day”.